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Pulitzer winner Bandler leaving WSJ for Fortune

April 12, 2008

James Bandler, a Wall Street Journal reporter who last year won a Pulitzer Prize as part of the team that wrote about the backdating of stock options, is leaving the paper for a job at Fortune.

James BandlerBandler will become an editor at large at the magazine, he told Talking Biz News in an e-mail. He will start May 19.

Bandler was based in the Journal’s Boston bureau. He joined the Journal in September 1999 as a health care and education writer for its New England regional edition and later covered media companies from New York.

His work at the paper includes features on accounting fraud at Xerox Corp., executive theft at Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and price-fixing in the chemical shipping industry. He broke the story on Harvard Business Review involving the publication’s former top editor and former General Electric CEO Jack Welch.

Bandler began his journalism career as a Sunday features writer for the Rutland Herald and Barre Times Argus in Vermont. He later worked for the Boston Globe.

Bandler is also the recipient of several other honors for the backdating series including: the Gerald Loeb Award, the George Polk Award for business reporting, The National Headliner Award for business news coverage, Gilbert and Ursula Farfel Prize for Investigative Journalism, and the Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting.

Bandler graduated with honors from Brown University in 1989 where he studied media and modern culture.

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